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Old 05-01-12, 08:36 PM   #1
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Trek 614 - First time wheel build

I picked up this bike to flip, and the wheelset was pretty nasty. I took em apart and polished the hubs and rims. Then I laced them up with 14g sapim spokes. I had to do the back wheel 3 times until I was happy with how it turned out. I think they look great, and the bike is going to be sweeeet! Just thought I would share with the group. I think this will turn out very nice. All original drivetrain parts will go back on -sugino triple with cyclone derailleurs.

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Nice work! Nothing like riding on the first wheel you built.
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Old 05-01-12, 08:49 PM   #3
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Thanks! I was checking out your Paramount thread today. I want to build a wheelset for my Prologue, and I can't decide between Open pros and Velocity aeroheads. I like how yours turned out and may go with the Velocitys in bright silver.
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Welcome to the wheelsmithing club -- I have built lots of wheels over the years, and it has always been a satisfying and enjoyable experience.
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Nice bike! I just picked up the same thing but a lot more "loved". It needs a lot to get it respectable again....
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Old 05-02-12, 02:14 PM   #6
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Congrats on your first wheel build! After you've built and ridden your first set of wheels you'll probably never buy pre-built wheels again. When I go out on club rides on my "modern" bike I'm one of very few people still riding a traditional 32 spoke 3x wheelset. Everyone else is riding Mavic, Easton, etc pre-built wheels with low spoke counts, but I prefer to build my own because they are easier to true or swap out a rim if I need to.
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Beautiful work! Be sure to post an update when you hang the other parts on it. The paint on your Trek looks in great shape. I've got a similar project going, but my 614 was pretty rough as found. I've just cleaned and trued the original 27in Rigidas for now, but wheel rebuilds might be in the future.
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Here is the finished project. The wheelset is so very nice, the bike is so much more responsive than before. If it were a size or 2 smaller, it would be a keeper.

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